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You will save money and receive your parts quicker if you format files correctly. Please refer to our help documents below and our frequently asked questions to submit a file that is ready to machine.

You will find detailed information on the types of files you can submit as well as guidance with CAD drawings.

If you can't find what you're looking for please don't hesitate to contact us.

Submitting a sketch file.

Submitting a CAD file.

Drawing Considerations.

Stock Price List.

What is a CNC?
CNC stands for computer numeric controlled. This is a means of automatically guiding a machine by a computer reading numeric code supplied by the operator. There are many types of machines controlled in this way. At CNC projects we specialize in 3 axis CNC routing.
A router cutter could be basically described as a drill bit, but instead of just cutting downwards it can also cut side ways. 3 axis refers to the amount of directions that the machines can move. The 3 axis are the X,Y and Z axis. The x axis moves forwards and backwards, the y axis moves left to right and the z axis moves up and down
What is 2D machining?
2D machining is where the cutter is lowered on the z axis to specific depths and then simultaneously moved on the x and y axis to cut shapes from the material.
What is 3D machining?
3D machining is where the cutter is moved simultaneously on all of the X,Y and Z axis allowing you to cut a 3D form.
What is 3D indexed 4 axis machining?
The indexing 4th axis is a device that holds the material (stock) and can be manually rotated (on the 4th axis)and locked accurately in 360 degrees. This allows the machine to cut the stock from any angle on this axis with either 2D or 3D machining operations.
Can we cut in 3D?
Yes. All our CNC machines are capable of cutting 3D and one machine has an indexing 4th axis.
Can we cut both sides of the material?
Yes. This is standard practice but please make this apparent on your files or notes.
How large/small can we cut?
Our CNC machines have different bed sizes and clearance planes, our maximum dimensions are as follows:
Max x axis =2000mm
Max y axis=3050mm
Max z axis=300mm
How deep/shallow can we cut?
We can cut to any specified depth, within the limitations above and the shape of your part. If you are planning to cut close to the limits of our machine please contact us to discuss this.
How many different tools can we use?
All of our machines have automatic tool-changers with 10 available tool positions.
Can I supply my own cutters?
Yes, but again please make this known in the submission process and contact us to check compatibility.
What materials can be cut?
We can cut most materials with the exception of ferrous metals, stone or ceramics.
Common materials we cut are:

MDF
Plywoods
Solid woods
Soft woods
Plastics
Rigid Foams
Tooling boards
Aluminium
Brass
What are standard sheet sizes and thicknesses?
Standard sheet sizes are 2440x1220 (8x4ft) 3050x1525 (10x5ft). Standard sheets thicknesses are:

MDF
3, 6, 12, 15, 18, , 22, 25, 30, 38, 50mm

Ply
4,6,12,15,18,24,

Acrylic (standard sheets sizes 3m x 2m and 1.5m x 1m)
3,5,10,

Aluminium (standard sheets sizes 2m x 1m and 2.5m x 1,25m)
1-20mm in 0.5mm increments.
Do you have a price list for materials?
Yes, we have a price list for stock items (MDF and various plywood's). Click here for stock price list.
Prices for other materials are available upon request.
How does it compare in cost when cutting various materials?
There is a large difference in cost when cutting various materials. The general rule is the denser the material to slower it is to cut and therefore the more expensive to cut. For example cutting aluminium generally would cost around 6 times that of MDF and acrylic around 4 times.
Can I use my own materials?
You can provide your own material, however please specify and make it known in the submission process or when you contact us so that we take this in to consideration when calculating the price and lead time.
Can I use a half sheet?
Yes, if it is in stock or you supply it and providing you can fit all the parts you want to cut on it.
Can I have the offcut?
Yes, but please specify this upon submission and add a cut off line into your drawing.
CAD Files/Submission What files do you accept?
3DM (for any type of file), DWG, DXF(for 2D files) IGES (3D cut files) STL (for polygon 3D files)are preferred, though most file types can be processed upon request. For more information please see our submitting a CAD file document.
Can you draw/design it for me?
If you submit a sketch file we will convert it to a CAD drawing at a cost. This would be included in the itemised quote supplied.
Can I talk to you about my file/design?
You can contact us via phone and e-mail we would be happy to assist you in making sure your files can be cut correctly.
Can I cut a test?
Yes you can have as many tests cut as you like but they will be charged at the standard rate.
Do I need tolerances?
Yes all parts required to fit together or join will need a tolerance. Please refer to our drawing considerations document or call us to discuss.
How long does it take to get something cut?
Usually we can turn your job around within 3 days depending on the amount of cutting involved.
How can I speed up the cutting process?
Here are a few ways in which you can speed up the cutting process:

1. Use larger diameter cutters, this means that more material can be removed at a faster feed rate and in less passes
2. Reduce detail in the parts to be cut
3. Use a less dense materials
What is the difference between a cad file and a sketch file?
A CAD (computer aided design) file is a drawing or model produced in the computer from which we can directly program our machines to cut from.
A sketch is a file that is usually a hand drawn picture of what you want cut. It also could be a CAD file that is proportionally wrong and needs considerable work before making it ready to program.
How much will it cost?
Price will vary depending on files and materials but below is a rough estimate:

CNC cutting is charged at £60 per hour.
On most 2D files programming the machines is free.
On 3D files programming is charged at £30 per hour.
Stock preparation is charged at £30 per hour

As an example The average cost to cut a sheet of ply or mdf cut is around £35
Can I pay later?
No, unfortunately we are not able to start work until full payment has been received.
Is the only method of payment via PayPal?
No, you can also pay via bank transfer but we will not order materials or start cutting until we have cleared funds. Sorry but we do not accept cheques or cash.
Do you offer an assembly/installation service?
No, assembly and installation are not services we provide. But we can prepare stock to your requirements prior to machining.
Do you provide a finishing or paint spraying service?
No, but we can recommend companies that we work closely with that can.
Can you deliver?
Yes we can arrange delivery. Please specify and supply details when submitting a job.
Can I watch/film the cutting?
No, unfortunately not. Due to health and safety and insurance regulations we cannot facilitate this.
What are your opening times?
We work from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.